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Psychopharmacology

Psychopharmacology involves the study and application of medication treatment to manage and alleviate symptoms of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Brown specializes in clinical psychopharmacology, using pharmacological treatments as part of a comprehensive therapeutic approach.

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Antidepressants in Psychopharmacological Treatment

Antidepressants, including sertraline (Zoloft®), paroxetine (Paxil®), citalopram (Celexa®), escitalopram (Lexapro®), venlafaxine (Effexor®), and duloxetine (Cymbalta®), are commonly used to manage the symptoms of depression and are effective in treating anxiety as well. These medications generally need to be taken daily and may take three to four weeks, or sometimes longer, to achieve their full effect. The efficacy of these medications is primarily due to their ability to normalize the levels of brain chemicals, such as neurotransmitters, that are disrupted by depression and anxiety disorders. Psychopharmacology treatment for major depressive disorder and anxiety often involves these antidepressants as they help restore chemical balances in the brain.

Prescription of Psychopharmacological Medications

Antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications must be prescribed by a psychiatrist or another clinician with medical training, as they require careful monitoring. Psychiatrists, with their extensive medical training in clinical psychopharmacology, are uniquely qualified to prescribe these treatments and provide accompanying psychotherapy. While other medical or mental health professionals can legally prescribe these medications, they may not have the same level of training received in medical school or a psychiatric residency.

Considerations and Safety of Antidepressants

Although antidepressants can cause side effects, these often improve over time or can be managed by switching to another medication. Ensuring patient safety and the most effective treatment outcome requires ongoing supervision by a healthcare professional, particularly one trained in psychiatry and psychopharmacology.

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About Dr. Brown

Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment and therapy of depression, anxiety, stress, and many other emotional disorders. He is a psychotherapist, with extensive experience in cognitive behavioral and insight-oriented therapy and is a psycopharmacologist, with expertise in the use of medications for emotional and behavioral conditions.

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Please fill in the contact form below or call 201-247-2339 to request an initial consultation or appointment. Dr. Brown sees all patients on an out of network basis. Your fee will be discussed at the time you schedule your appointment.